119,809. In the hidden world beneath London an army of 4,000 workers is attempting to build the biggest sewer in Britain’s history: seven metres wide and twenty miles long, the enormous tunnel will run directly beneath the River Thames. The five-billion-pound tunnel is urgently needed. (Engineering & London) The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer I, BBC 2018
119,810. A project first mooted almost twenty years ago. (Engineering & London) ibid.
119,811. London’s excess sewage has to go somewhere so to stop it backing up into people’s homes it’s released into the Thames. (Engineering & London) ibid.
119,812. London’s Victorian sewers are a labyrinth of more than 500 miles of interconnecting tunnels. Parts of the network have never been accurately surveyed. (Engineering & London) ibid.
119,947. If successful, the new super-sewer will capture this waste and transfer it to Europe’s largest treatment works east of the city. (Engineering & London) The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer II
119,948. Jim must scan every inch of the 20-mile stretch of the Thames to complete the underwater map. (Engineering & London) ibid.
119,949. Every day over 30 tonnes of wet-wipes are flushed down London’s loos. (Engineering & London) ibid.
119,950. During tunnelling, engineers plan to excavate over 40,000 tonnes of earth every week. (Engineering & London) ibid.
120,051. The most important part of the machine is the cutter-head; it’s been built specifically built based on the predictions of what the earth will be like sixy metres bellow the Thames. (Engineering & London) The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer III
120,052. Sixty metres below the assembly team’s feet deep underground in Battersea excavators have been battling through the tough ground of the upper shelly beds for the last three weeks. (Engineering & London) ibid.
120,159. In September 1940 death and destruction came to the streets of Britain on a scale never seen before or since. They called it the Blitz. In the space of little over eight months more than 450,000 bombs rained down on British soil. But in the midst of the chaos and confusion meticulous records were kept. (Great Britain & Bomb & London & World War II) Blitz: The Bombs that Changed Britain I, BBC 2018
120,160. A bomb falls on the east end of London on the very first night of the Blitz: 8 Martindale Road. This bomb changed lives. But it also exposed a social care system in crisis. What followed was a radical shift in attitudes towards the welfare of us all. And it began with one bomb. (Great Britain & Bomb & London & World War II) ibid.
120,161. Wave after wave of bombers began to hammer the London docks. (Great Britain & Bomb & London & World War II) ibid.
120,162. As many as one in ten bombs that fell during the Blitz were classified as UXBs. (Great Britain & Bomb & London & World War II) ibid.
120,163. A city in flames and a transport system in chaos. (Great Britain & Bomb & London & World War II) ibid.
121,175. At the twilight of the British empire, bankers, lawyers and accountants from the City of London set up a spider’s web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and funnelled it to London. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire ***** 2017, Youtube 1.18.01
121,176. The British empire: the largest empire the world has ever known. For over 300 years Britain ruled, its armies conquered, and its bankers proclaimed the might of its currency. But one day it all began to fall apart. One by one countries declared their independence from Britain and no amount of force could reverse the tide. As British elites saw their wealth, privileges and empire disintegrate, they began to search for a new role in a changing world. And they found one in finance. This is a film about how Britain transformed from a colonial power to a modern financial power and how this transformation has shaped the world we live in. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid.
121,177. Britain’s overseas juridictions – the last remnants of empire. Accountants and lawyers from London arrived in the Cayman Islands and other dependences and began to draft a set of secrecy laws and regulations. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid.
121,178. The City of London adapted and survived … Its Lord Mayor is selected by the heads of medieval guilds. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid.
121,179. ‘Over and over again we have seen that there is another power than that which has its seat at Westminster. The City of London, a convenient term for a collection of financial interests, is able to assert itself against the government of the country. Those who control money can pursue a policy at home and abroad contrary to that which is being decided by the people.’ (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid. Clement Atlee
121,180. BCCI: extensive financial fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing … The Bank of England did nothing. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid.
121,181. ‘The Trust lies at the core of the British secrecy model.’ (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid. Expert
121,182. International banks from across the globe set up branches in London and Britain’s offshore jurisdictions in order to take advantage of this new system. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid.
121,183. Secrecy jurisdictions are heavily used for fraudulent and grey area financial activities, areas where secrecy is not just desirable but a necessity. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy) ibid.
121,184. The Cayman Islands is the first largest financial centre in the world. It hosts 80,000 registered companies, over three-quarters of the world’s hedge funds and $1.9 trillion in deposits. It has a population of 60,000, roughly equivalent to New York’s homeless population. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy & Cayman Islands) ibid.
121,185. Accountants form the backbone of the offshore system; they administer the structures that allow individuals and corporations to shift their money offshore and evade taxes. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy & Cayman Islands & Accountancy) ibid.
121,186. In Britain secrecy and complexity in finance and government help to obscure corruption in public office. (Finance & London & Banking & British Empire & Secrecy & Cayman Islands & Corruption) ibid.
122,645. Oxford Street, London: Britain’s busiest high street. With over two hundred stores taking billions of pounds a year. Three million visitors come here every week, making it one of the liveliest streets in the country. It’s home to an army of workers, shop assistants, cleaners, police, and underground staff, working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to make sure it’s always open for business. (London & Street & Shop) Oxford Street 24/7 aka Inside Oxford Street I, Channel 5 2018
122,646. Bringing in the shoppers are four underground tube stations. The busiest right in the middle is Oxford Circus, with three tube lines handling over eighty million people a year. (London & Street & Shop & Underground) ibid.
122,647. Police are back on the train of some of the Street’s most persistent criminals. (London & Street & Shop) ibid.
122,964. It’s all about the workers who keep Oxford Street up and running … The night bus inspectors also have their work cut out. (London & Street & Shop) Oxford Street 24/7 aka Inside Oxford Street II
122,965. 70% of shop thefts are committed by drug addicts. (London & Street & Shop & Theft) ibid.
122,990. Oxford Street swelters as record temperatures hit London. 30,000 party people are hot to trot as they celebrate Pride. And police and the council launch an operation to rescue the street’s dogs. (London & Street & Shop) Oxford Street 24/7 aka Inside Oxford Street III
122,991. ‘Pride is the third biggest event London hosts.’ (London & Street & Shop) ibid. St John ambulance chap
122,992. 30,000 in the parade alone. (London & Street & Shop) ibid.
123,111. Christmas is coming to Oxford Street. The lights are going up on Britain’s busiest high street. With more than a million extra visitors expected each week things don’t always go smoothly. (London & Street & Shop) Oxford Street 24/7 at Christmas aka Oxford Street IV
123,112. The last customers are leaving but work on the Street never stops. (London & Street & Shop) ibid.
123,113. Selfridges’ flagship store: founded in 1909 it’s the second largest shop in the UK after Harrods. (London & Street & Shop) ibid.
123,114. But the shops will only be closed for one day because now they’ll be getting ready for the next big event: the January sales. (London & Street & Shop) ibid.
122,802. Anthony Hope: I have sailed the world
Beheld its wonders
From the Dardanelles
To the mountains of Peru
But there's no place like London!
Sweeney Todd: No, there’s no place like London!
Anthony Hope: ‘Mr Todd?’
Sweeney Todd: You are young
Life has been kind to you
You will learn
There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit
And the vermin of the world inhabit it
And its morals aren’t worth what a pig could spit
And it goes by the name of London
At the top of the hole sit a privileged few
Making mock of the vermin in the lower zoo
Turning beauty into filth and greed – I too
Have sailed the world
And seen its wonders
For the cruelty of men
Is as wondrous as Peru
But there’s no place like London. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 starring Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham-Carter & Alan Rickman & Jamie Campbell Bower & Jayne Wisener & Ed Sanders & Timothy Spall & Laura Michelle Kelly & Sacha Baron Cohen et al, director Tim Burton, ‘No Place Like London’